SA man takes cancer battle to K2

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Raising the awareness about Cancer has long been a mission for Sharm Naicker, a mountaineer from Durban.

As we all know, overcoming odds and beating cancer is a major obstacle, Sharms’ goal is to educate people about the decease and help them overcome the odds. Sharm comes from a family with a long history of cancer, which included many loses, so taking the fight to cancer is something very dear to him.

In a bid to raise much needed awareness for the illness, Sharm’s next great challenge with be to become the first South African born to tame the very inhospitable K2 Summit.

He was incidentally the first South African Indian to conquer the much lower South Face. Now he hopes to become the First South African to summit K2, the world’s second highest mountain.

No South African summits to date recorded.

One obstacle still standing in his way however, is funding. We are appealing to you for any donations, no matter what the size. Every little cent counts, lets help him realize his dream. In order to make the expedition Sharm needs to raise in excess of R173500.

For a breakdown of Sharms’ financial requirements:


K2 (8,611m):

K2 (Chogori) 8611m the second highest mountain on earth. Chogori means the king of mountains in Balti language. This name is little known in the outside world.

K2 is a rocky mountain up to 6,000m, beyond which it becomes an ocean of snow. K2 is situated on the Pak-China border in the mighty Karakorams. The traditional route to K2’s base camp goes from Skardu, which is linked with Islamabad by a good road. From Skardu the route goes via Shigar-Dassu-Askole up to Concordia over the Baltoro glacier.

It was in 1887 the 1st British surveyor came to this region from Kashmir via Brogil Pass, Goodwin Austen discovered peaks and glaciers in this area. It was 1st Expedtion.

It was 1st expedition in 1902 led by Oscar-J-L Eckevstien, who attempt K-2 but because of harsh weather they couldn’t get on the summit, they collected information for next expedition.

In 1909 an Italian expedition led by Duke of Abruzi the grandson of King Victor Emomuel 2nd of Italy attempted K-2, they couldn’t succeed, the climbing route Abruzi ridge from South east face are on his name and after him many expeditions from different countries tried without success.

Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni reached the summit and became the first K-2 climbers in the world, after his success; there are many climbers who climbed K-2 one by one on different faces.



Day  01

Arrival in Islamabad

Day  02

Islamabad – Skardu or Chilas if no flight

Day 03

Chilas – Skardu

Day 04

Skardu  (free day)

Day  05

Skardu to Askoli (by jeep)

Day  06

Trek to Jhola

Day 07

Trek to Paiyu

Day 08

Rest day at Paiyu

Day 09

Trek to Urdukas

Day 10

Trek to Goro

Day 11

Trek to k2 Basecamp

Day 12-52

Reserved for climbing activities

Day  53- 56

Return to Askoli

Day  57

Drive to Skadu

Day 58

Drive to Chilas

Day 59

Drive to Islambad

Day 60

De-briefing at ministry of tourism

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